Weymouth family doctor crisis continues, McNeil and Wilson fail families

May 07, 2017 at 1:57 pm

Progressive Conservative candidate Normand Cormier stands with the Weymouth Area Health Coalition in fighting for a family doctor.

Gordon Wilson sat on his hands and watched as Stephen McNeil broke his promise of a family doctor for every Nova Scotian,” says Cormier. “The cries of a frustrated community have been falling on deaf ears for far too long.”

Weymouth has been without a family doctor since Dr. Don Westby retired in 2015. By the doctor’s own estimate, 3,000 patients have been left carrying the burden of McNeil’s broken promise.

A Progressive Conservative government, led by Jamie Baillie, will take concrete action to ease the doctor shortage:

  • Invest $13.5 million to bring more doctors to underserviced areas

  • Double the tuition relief program to $6 million to keep new family doctors in Nova Scotia

  • Credential recognition for Canadians who study medicine abroad

Cormier says the community is also frustrated by the McNeil Liberals trying to fool them into believing they have family doctor coverage. This spring, the McNeil Liberals announced that doctors were coming to cover the area, but in an open letter, the Weymouth Area Health Coalition explains that just won’t do.

The coalition says “this does nothing more than replace the three doctors (Drs. Nourian, Robitaille and Weir) who left last year. DON’T BE FOOLED. You will still NOT HAVE a ‘family’ doctor. Rotating on-call visiting doctors a few days a week does not replace the need for a personal family physician. This is recognized by all the Medical Experts.”

Cormier says these types of political games are unacceptable.

“The McNeil Liberals throw around cheap political promises and don’t think twice about breaking them,” he says. “That’s not what voters will get from me. I am committed to working with the community to find a solution that works for the families who call Weymouth home. You won’t get political tricks and double-speak from me.”

In addition, the Weymouth Area Health Coalition say they are starting a lawn sign and bumper sticker campaign.

Stephen McNeil will be in Clare-Digby with Gordon Wilson today.